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  • Blog Post: "The Dream Team" serves up some intriguing insights about how the New Hollywood really operates

    In October of 1994, when Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg first announced that they were about to launch a brand-new entertainment company ... Well, this trio of show business vets was thought to be so unstoppable that the Hollywood press corps dubbed them the Dream Team. But 11...
  • Blog Post: Wandering the halls with Roy E. Disney

    To hear Roy Disney tell the tale, he basically owes his entire career in animation to his mother needing a babysitter. "When my Mother needed to go shopping, she'd drop me off with my Dad's office," Roy explained. "And my Dad would eventually say 'Get out of my office and find someone else to play with...
  • Blog Post: Toon Tuesday : Will "Robinsons" lackluster box office actually help speed the return of traditional animation at Walt Disney Studios?

    I spent the better part of yesterday on the phone with folks at Walt Disney Studios. Each of whom put their own special spin on " Meet the Robinsons " 's No. 2 finish at the box office this past weekend. Okay. So $25.1 million in ticket sales isn't exactly something to sneeze at. Particularly when you...
  • Blog Post: John Lasseter to be feted at Sonoma Valley Film Festival

    For the past decade, the Sonoma Valley Film Festival has heard the refrains of "You've Got A Friend In Me" from John Lasseter , the creative force behind Pixar . Now the festival is turning the tables and planning quite a bash April 11-15 in recognition not only of its 10th anniversary but in tribute...
  • Blog Post: "The Art of Meet the Robinsons" puts preproduction artwork in the spotlight

    Given that it's only 64 pages long, " The Art of Meet the Robinsons " (Hyperion, February 2007) can hardly be called an in-depth look at the creation of Walt Disney Feature Animation's next release. Copyright 2007 Disney Editions But -- then again -- given that making-of books aren't selling all that...
  • Blog Post: Davis derails Disney annual shareholder meeting

    On behalf of the Walt Disney Company and its stockholders, I'd like to apologize to the city of New Orleans. I mean, hasn't this beautiful city suffered enough? After having been blown about by Hurricane Katrina , was it really necessary to then expose the Big Easy to yet another long-winded female,...
  • Blog Post: "Make the movie you want to make. Tell your story."

    I think that Ken K. speaks for a lot of JHM readers when he says: Now this is more like it. I thought that the JimHillMedia that I first fell in love with was gone for good. That I was never going to enjoy another epic-length theme park history story because you were too busy lecturing us about how the...
  • Blog Post: Extended "Ratatouille" sequence to be screened at Wondercon 2007 this Saturday

    Quick question: Are you an animation fan? More importantly, do you live in the Bay Area? If so, make plans NOW to get over to the Moscone Center this coming Saturday. Which is where Wondercon 2007 , Northern California's largest comic book & pop culture convention, will be held tomorrow through Sunday...
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